We all receive in life, and studies show we’re happier when we give back12345. (It feels good, brings a sense of belonging, keeps things in perspective, it’s contagious, reducing stress and negativity).
Action for Happiness
As a volunteer, I have run two courses of Action for Happiness’s 8 week long course Exploring What Matters which gives information and offers practical steps to increase happiness and wellbeing based on scientific evidence.
Action for Happiness is a charity committed to building a happier and more caring society. They bring together like-minded people from all walks, cultures and religions of life and help them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
I volunteer regularly for CAP, including befriending clients, special events and running wellbeing workshops.
Christians Against Poverty is a charity committed to helping those in financial difficulty, from all walks, cultures and religions of life.
“CAP are unsurpassed when it comes to the debt help they give people across the country. There’s nothing better to start you on the path to having more money in your pocket.” Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert
Hope for Justice
I volunteer regularly for Hope for Justice raising awareness of trafficking and raising funds.
Hope for Justice exist to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society around the world, including on our doorstep here in the UK. There are thought to be much more than the last estimate of 13000 victims of trafficking in the UK (Guardian, 2013) – Hope for Justice actively identify, rescue and restore victims of trafficking.
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4Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The How of Happiness. NY: Penguin
5 Fowler, J. H., & Christakis, N. A. (2010). Cooperative behavior cascades in human social networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(12), 5334-5338.